And We Write- (coping with dry spells in writing)

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written one of these.

Truth be told, it’s been a long time since I’ve done much dedicated writing at all.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had a dry spell in their writing.  We live a life, and sometimes things come up while living that life that demand our time and attention.
Jobs or school, getting married or divorced, moving into a new home, or even just spending time on our other pursuits, these are all things that might take time from our writing.

So how do we cope with this?  Sure, it’s easy to say I’m going to spend 15 minutes every day writing, but sometimes things are easier said than done. Sometimes the ideas aren’t forthcoming.  Sometimes, it’s the desire to spend time actually writing when there’s other things we can do.  I get it.  I’ve been there myself.

Here’s the thing, though.  If we’re going to be writers, we have to write.  Yes, reading and researching are a part of that, but to be a writer one must practice their craft.

During my dry spell, even though I wasn’t actually writing much, I did a few other things.  I had life experiences that I can now draw from for stories and poems.  I spent time thinking about various things I’d seen and heard, and how parts of those things could be woven into stories.  I spent time thinking about the stories I’ve started, or new ones I want to do.  I also spent time not even thinking about writing.  I think that was my greatest gift.  I was able to walk away for a time.  The benefit to that is when I came back to my writing desk, I could approach things from a fresh perspective.  A new light was showing some interesting things I’d not thought of, and I’m anxious to look at closer.  I’m ready to write again.

So, how about you?  How do you cope with dry spells in your writing?  Enquiring minds want to know.

 


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6 Comments for “And We Write- (coping with dry spells in writing)”

Doug Langille

says:

It’s funny, you know? We say we are all writers and want to write– need to, even. But we all get in a funk from time to time and don’t do the one thing that makes us happy. It’s a weird self-defeating spiral, isn’t it?

When I feel I haven’t written enough lately, I rely on a little ritual. I draw a bath, soak in it and write madly on my phone, responding to a writing prompt. That’s usually enough to give my arse a kick.

Claudine S

says:

Sometimes my dry spell comes when I am stuck on a certain theme. Then I stop writing and do other things that always lead me back to a new theme.

says:

Sometimes, life just gets in the way, ya know? You bring up a good point about thinking about writing, what you can improve on in pieces you have started and new pieces you want to write. There will be times we simply can’t write for awhile, but thinking about it is kind of like doing research for the future. I just know, you can’t ever look at yourself as a failure because you have a dry spell. Writing will ALWAYS be there for us when the dry spell is over. Don’t let a dry spell cause you to give up.

Becky

Dave Allen

says:

I’m in the same boat, Tim. Been too long since I’ve written anything. But sometimes we need to refresh our batteries, pick up our heads and look around us for inspiration. If all we did was write, our writing would get awfully boring, quickly.

charles stone

says:

Hey, King of Romance. Yep, life experiences are the best writing prompts.
And it is good to get away from writing. We spend too much time inside our heads and neglect the world around us. When I hit a dry spell, I take it as the Universe telling me to get out of your head and live life; the writing will be there when you come back.
Well, King of Romance, the season of love is upon us; Spring. You better get to writing.

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